BIAW Honors Top Remodeling Projects
The 2013 BIAW Excellence In Remodeling (EIR) Award winners were revealed during the annual EIR reception held last month at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The EIR awards recognize the state's outstanding remodeling projects showcasing quality crafsmanship in a variety of categories and price ranges.
For a complete lising of EIR winners, click here: 2013 EIR Winners
BIAW Announces 2013 Scholarship Award Recipients
BIAW has awarded 10 scholarships to young men and women of Washington state who aim to make the buillding industry their profession. This year BIAW awarded a total of $15,000.
For a complete lising of award recipients, click here 2013 Scholarship Winners
Governor's Veto will Slow Economic Recovery
With new housing construction starts at 1981 levels, BIAW is surprised and disappointed that Governer Jay Inslee vetoed legislation that would create jobs, improve the economy and increase local and state revenues—all critical issues he has consistently heralded as his top priories.
Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1652 proposed shifting payment of growth-related impact fees from the time a building permit is filed until the actual time of impact—when a home sale closes or certificate of occupancy is issued. Sponsored by Rep. Marko Liias (D-Mukilteo), the bill had broad bipartisan support in the Legislature—pasing with 73 votes in the House, 34 votes in the Senate and with 83 votes when the House agreed to Senate amendments.Click here to read more...Governor Veto will Slow Economic Recovery
Washington State Energy Code Available Online
The 2012 Washington State Energy Code is now available for download via the State Building Code Council website. PDF versions include the WAC 51-11c (Commercial), WAC 51-11R (Residential), and Appendix Chapters.
The BIAW has scheduled 2012 IRC/Energy Code Update Classes throughout the state for BIAW members and non-members which highlight significant changes to the codes.
For more information or questions, contact Jan Rohila at 800-228-4229, ext. 101.
2013 Education Schedule
BIAW is committed to helping you advance the depth and breadth of your professional
experience. The BIAW Education Program is proud to offer our members and non-members
accessible and affordable opportunities to improve their skills, advance their careers,
and be recognized for their commitment to professional growth.
Check out the 2013 Education Schedule--BIAW working for you.
BIAW Responds to Court of Appeals Decision
In November, the state Court of Appeals ruled on a 2-1 decision alleging that BIAW, because of the actions of its for-profit subsidiary and political action committee, might also have to report all revenue and expenditures to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC). BIAW filed a motion for reconsideration and a motion to publish the Court of Appeals decision. The Washington State Wire recently broke the story, offering an excellent account of the case and the potential ramifications of the Court's ruling. Click here to read more.
The Economic Impact of New Home Construction in Washington State
Recent research and data from BIAW, NAHB and the US Census Bureau provide an irrefutable case for the benefits of home building. New home construction is a leading revenue and job generator in the state of Washington and, if encouraged, could lead the state's economic recovery.
Economist Dr. Elliott Eisenberg shows us how and why in this entertaining, interesting video highlighting the economic impact of new home construction in Washington.
New Home Construction State's Third Largest Employer
|The National Association of Home Builder's Housing Policy Department research estimates
the first-year impact of 13,825 new single-family homes built in Washington State
is nearly $3.1 billion in state and local revenues, $729 million in state and local
taxes and 41,000 jobs.
BIAW Sponsorship Opportunities are Now Available
Here's your opportunity to reach the 8,500+ members of BIAW. Whether you're looking to advertise in Building Insight magazine or sponsor a hole at the BIAW annual golf tournament, you've come to the right place. There are hundreds of sponsorships available - with one that's right for you.Click here